The Politics of Power & the Ordination of Women

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Xulon Press, 2007 - 436 páginas
This book deals with the politics of power in the church which is hindering the ordination of women today. Once ecclesiastical power is involved, ruling is also involved. Consequently, the altar has also become the throne. This tempts men to suppress women. Hence, efforts are made to dogmatize them into submission. This is not right because Jesus refrained from using cultic-oriented or gender-specific paradigms that would have excluded women from ritual leadership. He chose the all-gender model of the shepherd, while rejecting the gender-restricted priesthood. Thus, he opened up church ministry to all genders because he is the "God of equal opportunity." He has no gender preferences. So the age of male-monopoly is gone. The era of unchallenged dogmas is over. Women are also created in the image of God. So it is unfair to reserve ordination for men, but subordination for women. Therefore, get Martha out of the kitchen. The author, Adolphus Chinedu Amadi-Azuogu, is a biblical scholar and professor of New Testament. He holds a doctorate degree in biblical studies from the University of Bonn, Germany and a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He has taught New Testament courses at the Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, USA and at the Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, where he was the director of the Doctor of Ministry. He was the Head of the Department of New Testament Studies at the prestigious Spiritan International School of Theology, Enugu, Nigeria and also taught at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Owerri, Nigeria. He has written many articles. His books include: Paul and the Law; Biblical Exegesis and Inculturation and Women and Gender Equality (ISBN: 978-1-59824-467-0), 2007. The author is blessed with two boys (Ebere and Ikechi), one girl (Chioma) and a God-given wife, Edith (Ugomma).
 

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Contenido

Table of Contents
xiii
Acknowledgements
xix
Chapter 1
31
Chapter 2
57
A Preliminary Investigation
64
B Exegetical Details
77
Chapter 3
93
Chapter 4
119
5 Shattered Hopes
223
6 Ordination and Gender
225
7 Desegregate this Church
227
8 Ordination and the Nuns of Catholicism
230
9 Getting Martha out of the Kitchen
234
10 The Vatican Authorities and the Ordination of Women
236
i Inter Insigniores Oct 15 1976
237
b The Pontificate of Pope John Paul II
245

B Exegetical Analysis of lCorl433b35
131
Chapter 5
147
Chapter 6
187
Luke 102537
190
3 Narrative Structure
192
b The Exegesis of Luke 103037
194
5 The Robbers
196
6 The Priesthood on Trial
198
7 The Loving Samaritan
202
8 The Samaritans in Josephus and the Old Testament
203
9 Tension between Jews and Samaritans
205
10 The Samaritans in the New Testament
207
11 Jesus and the Concept of Purity
209
12 Final Thoughts
211
Chapter 7
217
1 Preliminary Remarks
218
2 Roman Catholicism
219
3 Ordination and Power
220
4 The No Male No Ordination Doctrine
221
ii Ordinatio Sacerdotalis May 22 1994
249
iii Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the Responsum ad Dubium Oct 28 1995
255
11 Concluding Thoughts
260
Chapter 8
261
Exegetical Objections to the NonOrdination of Women
263
1 Lexical Information
267
2 Shepherds in the Old Testament
268
3 Women Shepherds
269
4 The Priest and the Purity Laws
270
5 The Shepherd and the Purity Laws
273
The Anglican Church and the Empowerment of Women
309
Chapter 10
327
Summary and Conclusion
337
Epilogue
349
Endnotes
369
General Bibliography
403
Index of Words
417
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